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H.R. 881 (111th): Right to Life Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 4, 2009 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 881


February 4, 2009

(for himself, Mr. Hoekstra, Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Ehlers, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Radanovich, Mr. Inglis, Mr. Jordan of Ohio, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Johnson of Illinois, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Gingrey of Georgia, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Carter, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Marchant, Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Terry, Mr. Neugebauer, Mr. Latta, Mr. Wamp, Mr. McHenry, Mr. Davis of Kentucky, Mr. Gary G. Miller of California, Mr. Bartlett, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Scalise, Mr. Souder, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Rooney, Mr. Pitts, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. McCotter, Mr. Westmoreland, and Mr. Cole) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To implement equal protection under the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Right to Life Act.


Right to life

To implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person, and pursuant to the duty and authority of the Congress, including Congress’ power under article I, section 8, to make necessary and proper laws, and Congress’ power under section 5 of the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Congress hereby declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being. However, nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child.



For purposes of this Act:


Human person; human being

The terms human person and human being include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.



The term State used in the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States and other applicable provisions of the Constitution includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and each other territory or possession of the United States.